BJP will play safe so far as the annulment of quota for Jats by the Supreme Court is concerned. The party leaders have decided not to deviate from the party’s stated stand on quota. The saffron party has always advocated for reservation on the basis of one’s economic condition, and not his caste or creed, but has never gone against any caste based quota decision. “The party respects the decision of the apex court with regard to the quota given to Jats by the previous Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government,” said a senior BJP functionary, while talking to Daily Post, on Monday, requesting anonymity. “It is high time to reconsider the caste based quota being given in the country,” he said, adding that the party’s Central leadership is seized with the matter and “we will not make any unwarranted comments on the issue of Jat quota.”
The BJP fought the last Assembly poll in Haryana by projecting Manohar Lal Khattar, a Punjabi, for the post of chief minister and scripted a huge victory, which was also attributed to the polarisation of non-Jat voters in favour of the BJP. The state’s principal opposition party-Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)-has also been a votary of economic-based quota in government jobs, but a section of party leaders are in favour of extending ‘tacit’ support to the fight for Jat quota. According to the BJP insiders, the party top brass are not sure how long the top Jat leaders including Union Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh will toe the party line in this regard and keep quiet. “It is too early to make any definite comment in this regard,” said the BJP leader.